Petrogas Group has opened an Oriental quick service restaurant chain franchise at an Applegreen site in Ireland, and has confirmed it will be opening at one of its UK sites too.

Chopstix Group UK, which has a current UK estate of 45 restaurants, has launched its first restaurant in Galway, Republic of Ireland, at Applegreen Galway on Tuam Road.

Joe Barrett, chief operations officer with Applegreen said: “We are delighted to introduce Chopstix Noodle Bar to our newest Applegreen store in Tuam Road, Galway. Along with our customary food offers our customers can now enjoy a healthier Oriental quick service restaurant option, which can be enjoyed for lunch or dinner. By adding Chopstix Group UK, this fresh new noodle offer to our portfolio of franchise partners we are giving our customers a wider choice for eating on the go.”

Menashe Sadik, founding partner, Chopstix Group UK, said: “Our Chopstix Noodle Bar franchise partnership with Applegreen enables us to realise our ambitious expansion programme, working with Ireland’s largest independent forecourt retailer who’s values match our own, fresh, flavoursome and exceptional value for money delivering customer satisfaction. Our healthier Oriental fusion quick service restaurants satisfy the nation’s appetite.”

Michael O’Loughlin, managing director of Petrogas UK, ranked fifth in Forecourt Trader’s Top 50 Indies, comfirmed that a Chopstix Noodle Bar would be opening at one of his sites. However, he said further details would not be released until the end of April.